US Congressman Steve Scalise in critical condition after third surgery

Alvin Kelly
June 20, 2017

United States congressman and senior Republican Steve Scalise has been upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition" and continues to show signs of improvement after being shot while he practised for a charity baseball game. The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding. That person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and doesn't know if it was a list of people that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, was targeting.

The majority whip was shot in the hip while practicing for the annual congressional baseball game on a field in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", Sava said, suggesting that the Louisana Republican had faced an imminent risk of death when he arrived by helicopter at the facility after Wednesday's shooting.

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Saturday evening.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Sunday says: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer".

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One of the Capitol Police officers injured in Wednesday's shooting has thrown out the first pitch at the congressional baseball game - to thunderous applause.

Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration.

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Scalise's condition has improved but remained critical on Thursday, a day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

President Donald Trump says GOP Congressman Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us". Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

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